Located on the Atlantic Coast, Rabat is one of Morocco’s imperial cities as well as its political capital. Rabat exemplifies Morocco’s unique cultural blend of Arab, the indigenous Amazigh (Berber), and European influences. While downtown Rabat is home to the austere Parliament building and the King’s Palace, just a few blocks away is the old medina; a fortressed city with labarinth alleys, markets, shops, and restaurants. Further down the road is the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Kasbah of the Udayas and the Bou Regreg River, with some of the best views of Rabat and the neighboring city of Salé. Al-Maghrib is a language enthusiast's dream as Moroccans speak multiple languages-typically including Moroccan Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, and French, as well as possibly an indigenous language (such as Tamazight, Tashleheit, or Tarifit), English, or Spanish. Famous for national dishes like couscous, tajine, and harira, Moroccan cuisine is nothing short of mouth-wateringly delicious. Despite the pervasiveness of Western influences, Amazigh and Arab identity continue to play a crucial role in Morocco’s traditional, yet, modern society.
After achieving independence in 1956, Morocco became a constitutional monarchy and has been ruled by three successive Alaouite kings over the past 55+ years. Throughout his reign, the current king (Mohammed VI) has taken steps to reform the political, economic, and legal structures of Morocco. While the influence of the Arab Spring on this North African country is not as deep as elsewhere in the Arab world, Moroccans are increasingly engaged in the political arena and are pushing for reform in the areas of corruption and political representation. A growing civil society also plays a role in pushing for the rights of Moroccan women as well as minority groups in Morocco. Despite the efforts made by the King and the government, Morocco still faces many contemporary challenges. Among these challenges are youth unemployment, lagging economic growth, an education system that struggles to meet the nation’s needs, growing calls for greater rights for women and the Amazigh population, and demands for a more democratic state. Without a doubt, it is Morocco’s natural beauty, historical appeal, and friendly citizens which draw visitors from all over the globe. From the twisting streets of the medina to the French-inspired cafés, studying in Morocco exposes students to a deeply traditional society strongly influenced by growing globalization.
The AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Rabat offers a diverse set of courses, and semi-intensive instruction in Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan Arabic. Students in the program live with Arabic-speaking Moroccan families and attend classes at AMIDEAST’s facilities in the lively Agdal area of the city. Courses are taught by English-speaking Moroccan faculty members from AMIDEAST’s partner, the College of Letters and Humanities of Mohammed V University – Agdal, and other universities in Rabat and neighboring cities.
In addition to academics, students benefit from the following program components:
- in-country orientation
- an opportunity to live with a Moroccan family
- structured ways to meet local students
- volunteer and service-learning opportunities
- organized excursions to exciting locations around Morocco
Area Studies Courses
Students in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Rabat carry a 14-17 credit hour course load per semester. All students enroll in Arabic (8 credits: Modern Standard and Moroccan Colloquial Arabic) and two or three other elective courses (depending on the student’s preference) from offerings in Middle East and North African studies in a variety of disciplines taught in English including political science, religion, sociology, women's studies, history, and Amazigh studies. Students must have the equivalent of four college semesters of French or more in order to take a French course. All courses are taught exclusively for the AMIDEAST program, and students take classes only with other program participants.
To review Area Studies course descriptions, please visit this page: AMIDEAST Course Catalog.
Note that the courses included in the catalog are a number of possible course options. Only some of the courses will be offered each semester. AMIDEAST cannot guarantee that any specific course(s) will be offered as the course list changes each semester based on previous student interest and professor availability. As AMIDEAST programs continue to grow, new courses may be added each semester in addition to those listed below. The course descriptions listed in the catalog do not represent final offerings for any given term, but rather they are intended to give students a general sense of the scope and focus of the program. Approximately 6-8 weeks before the start of the semester, students are sent information regarding the courses that will be offered during the upcoming term through the Student Portal. A typical set of course offerings might include:
- Modern Standard Arabic (required)
- Colloquial Arabic (required)
- Media Arabic (elective)
- Community-Based Learning in the MENA Region (elective)
- A Political Science course (elective)
- A History course (elective)
- A Religion course (elective)
- A Women’s Studies course (elective)
- A French Literature course (elective for students with French language proficiency)
Students can contact AMIDEAST staff prior to the program start to learn about potential course offerings in an upcoming semester.
Semester Arabic in Morocco
Students on the AMIDEAST Area & Arabic Language Studies program earn a total of 8 credits in the Arabic Language. Each student will receive 80 hours of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic (5 credits) and 45 hours of instruction in colloquial Arabic (3 credits). Students are placed into appropriate Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Arabic levels based on an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and written Arabic exam conducted prior to their departure.
Modern Standard Arabic
All students enroll in Modern Standard Arabic (5 credits) at a level appropriate to their proficiency. The following levels are offered:
- Modern Standard Arabic I (Arabic 101; 5 credits)
- Modern Standard Arabic II (Arabic 102; 5 credits)
- Modern Standard Arabic III (Arabic 201; 5 credits)
- Modern Standard Arabic IV (Arabic 202; 5 credits)
- Modern Standard Arabic V (Arabic 301; 5 credits)
- Modern Standard Arabic VI (Arabic 302; 5 credits)
- Directed Studies in Arabic (Arabic 401; 5 credits)
Colloquial Moroccan Arabic
Colloquial Jordanian Arabic (3 credits) instruction begins during on-site orientation and continues throughout the semester. Colloquial Arabic is offered at a variety of levels. Students are placed in classes appropriate to their previous knowledge of Arabic.
Colloquial Moroccan Arabic (3 credits) instruction begins during on-site orientation and continues throughout the semester. Students are placed in classes appropriate to their previous knowledge of Arabic.
- Colloquial Moroccan Arabic IA (Arabic 117; 3 credits; co-requisite: ARAB 101)
- Colloquial Moroccan Arabic IB (Arabic 118; 3 credits; co-requisites: ARAB 102, 201, 202)
- Colloquial Moroccan Arabic IC (Arabic 119; 3 credits; co-requisites: ARAB 301, 302, 401)
- Colloquial Moroccan Arabic IIA (Arabic 218; 3 credits; co-requisites: ARAB 102, 201, 202, 301)
- Colloquial Moroccan Arabic IIB (Arabic 219; 3 credits; co-requisites: ARAB 302, 401)
- Colloquial Moroccan Arabic III (Arabic 319; 3 credits; co-requisites: ARAB 201, 202, 301, 302, 401)
Media Arabic is also typically available as an elective course (3 credits). This course introduces students to the Arabic used in the media and is designed to assist students to read, listen, and understand news around the Arab world.
AMIDEAST host countries each have their own unique history and regional characteristics that influence our programs. AMIDEAST seeks to embrace these aspects and ensure an enriching experience abroad by promoting language acquisition, intercultural learning, cultural immersion, and focusing on the safety and security of our students.
AMIDEAST Programs Components include:
- Content Courses: On semester programs, students choose 2-4 Area Studies courses taught in either English or French (depending on the program) from a wide range of disciplines.
- Excursions: Included in the program fee, program-organized excursions provide students a way to experience the Arab World first-hand, taking them places they might not otherwise be able to go.
- Housing and Meals: Housing and most meals are included as part of the program fee. Homestay options are available in all locations, with some alternative choices available as well.
- Intercultural Learning: AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs are structured to include opportunities for students to develop their intercultural competence. Cultural dialogue sessions, language partners, and reflection periods are some of the offerings AMIDEAST provides to help students deepen intercultural understanding.
- Language Acquisition: Modern Standard Arabic, Colloquial Arabic, and Media Arabic are offered at multiple levels. Students are paired with local students as part of the Language partner Program in order to improve their conversation Arabic.
- Student Support: Students receive extensive support by means of pre-departure planning, in-country orientation, program-provided health insurance, assistance with the visa process, and staff support.
- Study Environment: Courses are taught in a U.S. format by local faculty. They are held in AMIDEAST’s local facilities with other students on the program.
At AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World, we are committed to providing financial assistance to students participating on our programs in the Middle East and North Africa.
This school offers programs in:
Cost & Fees
-- Special Academic Year Discount --
$1,200 discount offered to academic year students in the spring term
Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Semester Tuition and Fees1:
|Fall||Spring||Academic Year (AY)|
|Tuition & fees||$15,350||$15,350||$29,500
(after $1,200 discount)
|Room & board||$2,850||$2,850||$5,700|
Last updated June 29, 2017